Organizational Rankings 2. Chicago Blackhawks

Puneet Sharma

2024-05-05

2 – Chicago Blackhawks – Score 89.4

Top 15 Prospects

1 Connor Bedard 10.0
2 Kevin Korchinski 8.3
3 Frank Nazar 8.0
4 Lukas Reichel 7.5
5 Oliver Moore 7.3
6 Sam Rinzel 6.0
7 Drew Commesso 5.9
8 Arvid Soderblom 5.3
9 Alex Vlasic 4.7
10 Ryan Greene 4.5
11 Nick Lardis 4.0
12 Ethan Del Mastro 4.0
13 Colton Dach 3.5
14 Adam Gajan 2.4
15 Gavin Hayes 2.3

Individual Breakdown:

Sitting at the second spot in our Organizational rankings are the Chicago Blackhawks. Rightfully so, the number one spot belongs to Connor Bedard and does not need to be covered all that much. Nazar is doing something right in his second season with Michigan, everywhere I look I see a highlight reel with him in it. We all gave him the nod, ranking him higher than Lukas Reichel, who has not quite made the jump that we all expected. We still believe in him but we just need to see more of what he can really do.

Oliver Moore might have received a slightly better rating, but Victor was playing hardball, ranking him lower than the rest of us. And speaking of hardball, Dobber and Ben left out Arvid Soderblom and Alex Vlasic respectively, which leaves me to think they know something we don’t. All things lead to Korchinski being next in line to be the powerplay maestro, but when that torch gets passed is anyone’s guess. The Blackhawks have Seth Jones locked in until the next millennium, thanks to Stan Bowman’s magic touch (insert sarcasm), paying him a cool $9.5M per year until 2030.

So, when Korchinski finally steps up, he should be more than ready. Plenty of time to hone his skill and develop into a stud defenseman. As for goalies – well the back end is still a work in progress. Soderblom is fairly green, clocking 50 games at the NHL level and has not really shown that he can be the guy between the pipes. To be fair, the defensive strength of the team in front of him has not been great either. We have Commesso edging out Soderblom on our rankings and Gajan further down. Not really a promising look when it comes to the Blackhawks backend considering what they have coming up in the pipeline up front. Although they still have time as this point in the rebuild the Blackhawks may need to consider doing a bit of goalie window shopping in the near future if they want to keep pace with their forward firepower.

Team Breakdown:

The Blackhawks are hitting a pivotal moment in their prospect development, making it a big deal for the franchise. Top end prospects teaming up with a rising star in Connor Bedard, all geared to bring the Blackhawks back into serios contender status. This moment isn’t just about changing tactics—it’s full of hope and excitement. With a bunch of first-round picks and more second-rounders than you can count, they’re on track to once again put Chicago back in the mix.

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